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Breeding Area Fidelity, Natal Philopatry, and the Social Systems of Sandpipers

  • Lewis W. Oring
  • David B. Lank


Sexual selection and kin selection theory have advanced with leaps and bounds in recent years, providing a framework for the study of mating system evolution and expression. Theoretical development has been enhanced by utilization of electrophoretic and various field techniques that aid in determination of parentage. At the same time, field studies of the long-term mating relationships of individually marked animals have shed new light on the genetic relationships within and between wild populations.


Return Rate Site Fidelity Natal Philopatry Site Tenacity Breeding Site Fidelity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lewis W. Oring
    • 1
  • David B. Lank
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of North DakotaGrand ForksUSA

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